Festival Motto for DOK Leipzig 2018
Demand the Impossible! is the motto of this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig. From 29 October to 4 November 2018, the festival’s Special Programmes will revolve around films that seek to bring about changes or depict processes of transformation, with the focus firmly on the emancipatory power of art. “We see the festival motto as a compass that helped us create our Special Programmes. The phrase Demand the Impossible! served as an inspiration to us when working on the conception of this year’s edition”, explained programmer Ralph Eue.
The motto is also a reference to the Retrospective, which is dedicated to the years surrounding 1968. 50 years on, the Special Programme traces out that era’s virulent urge for aesthetic and social renewal and gathers together films from a fiveyear period around 1968. The Retrospective doesn’t approach these radical changes in society and aesthetics from the focal point of the protests themselves, but rather from the margins, with the idea being to consider the brittleness of existing orders in many different places.
This year’s Homage honours filmmaker Ruth Beckermann (The Dreamed Ones), who is regarded as one of the founding members of Austria’s independent film scene and who recently received the Documentary Award at the Berlinale for her film The Waldheim Waltz. Her formally diverse oeuvre takes in both road movies and biographical films as well as far-reaching film essays.
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Baltic republics, the Country Focus of this year’s DOK Leipzig turns its attention to Lithuania and examines the cinema of a country which defied Soviet dogma at an early stage.
DOK Leipzig also presents an Animated Film Special Programme linked to the festival motto, which shows that animation is able to make things never seen before visible and create entire new realities. The DEFA Matinee section presents a part of the cinematography of the former East Germany that is largely unknown: early student films from the HFF “Konrad Wolf” (today the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF).
We’ll announce the films of our Special Programmes in September 2018, the complete programme including the Official Selection will be published on 10 October 2018. Submission for our Official Selection is open until 7 July.
Read more about the Special Programmes in our press release